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Sept. 18, 2018: Georgia on My Mind. Hoagy Carmichael tunes have always been on The Flood playlist. We can’t remember when started doing “Up a Lazy River,” and nearly 20 years ago Joe Dobbs had us doing “Stardust” to record on what would become his favorite solo CD, “Fiddle and The Flood.” Well, lately another Hoagy Carmichael hoagy-bixcomposition, “Georgia on My Mind,” had been circling back into the Flood’s stream of consciousness. Here’s our take on the tune at the beginning of a rehearsal a few weeks ago. As the track begins, Randy, Paul, Doug and Charlie already already in their seats. Then mid-song, you can hear Sam arrive, find out the key — “We’re in C, Sam!” — and immediately take a solo. That’s our Sam. By the way, about “Georgia, “ Hoagy Carmichael was already an established professional songwriter when he penned this melody in early 1930 and played at a party at which an old college friend, Stuart Gorrell from Indiana University, heard it. The story goes that Stuart and Hoagy stayed up all night working on the song, and Gorrell ended up writing the lyrics. Incidentally, Stuart Gorrell later became a banker and never wrote another lyric in his life. Too bad! Meanwhile, “Georgia on My Mind” was recorded 88 years ago this week by Hoagy and his orchestra with jazz legend Bix Beiderbecke on muted cornet. It was Bix’s last recording session. It’s part of the reason that “Georgia” just stays on our mind.


Like an audio diary, more than 400 episodes of The Flood's weekly podcast, called "Jam Logs," have been shared online since the first installment in December 2008.

Here is a browseable archives of all the episodes to date, enabling you to listen to our goldie-oldies...

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chasAmounting to more than 30 hours of music, it's all free! Well, free-ish. You do have to pay a little ear tax with your patience, since your listening requires you endure Charlie starting ... Every .... Single ... Episode ... With .... THE SAME DAMN WORDS: "Hey there! It's Charlie Bowen with The 1937 Flood....!" Bless his heart. Sooner or later, though, if you listen to enough of them, you'll figure out how to fiddle with the slider and slip right past his opener.

(In addition to all that audio, the following pages also include dozens of Video Extras, that is, videos shot at about the same time as the associated podcasts, either "at home" with the Flood or at a contemporary performance. For a deeper dive into the videos, see our Video Index page.)

Here's an overview of the years of this audio diary:

2008: The idea for the weekly podcasts began Samwith Sam St. Clair. Early in the year, Sam noted that the price of good digital recorders had come down dramatically, and he thought we should buy one and have it running during the weekly rehearsals, just … you know … in case somebody might commit some art.

2009: The big development of year was that Jacob Scarr, our youngest Floodster ever, officially joined the band in March 2009. Jacob had been sitting in with us for a year a more. He was already good enough to be a Floodster then, but we weren't sure that, at 14, he would retain his interest. When he turned 16 and was still showing up each each week, we enthusiastically asked him to make it official. He would stay with the band until he left for college in the summer of 2011.

2010 saw the weekly gatherings at the Bowens' house evolve from simple rehearsals into weekly jam sessions encompassing more and more visitors, some playing, some just on hand to listen. In fact, the pre-Thanksgiving session found 27 people(!) in the room, from as far away as New York and Washington and as near as around the block. Spice the evening with the baggie of kazoos -- the happy instrument Flood kazoo guru Dave Peyton calls "the West Virginia saxophone" -- and you have one of the jolliest podcasts of the year.

2011: For much of the year, The Flood was focused on the band's old comrade and co-founder Roger Samples and on the start of what would be Rog's five-year battle with cancer. At the end of 2010, doctors in Lexinton, Ky., found a cancer in his trachea; the situation was grave -- the cancer was aggressive rog-- but the doctors were preparing him and the family for a fight, with chemo therapy to start in late January. As soon as the word got around, Roger's friends and family started gathering to give what support they could.

2012: The best news of the year was the first news of the year: that Randy Hamilton joined the band. His beautiful accoustic/electric bass now became the solid, reliable heartbeat of The Flood, and his wonderful voice started bringing new vocal power to our harmonies and leads.

2013 was a year of losses. Nancy McClellan -- who with her husband Harvey, had been so central to the band since its beginning -- died in October. George Walker, who produced The Flood's second and third CDs, died in May.

2014 saw The Flood check off another item of its bucket list: Taking part in a a full-fledged stage production. Marshall University director Nicole Perrone made it all possible when she invited The JoeFlood to perform nightly for a week as the warmup band for a Marshall production of "The Adventiures of Tom Sawyer."

2015: Endings and beginnings. Joe Dobbs, one of the founding members of The Flood, passed away after 40 years with the band. One of his last recommendation is that we coax the great Paul Martin to join us. Joe was pleased that we were successful in that effort.

2016: Another item on our bucket list -- the recording of a "live, in concert" album -- was finally achieved in 2016. Joe would have loved it! It was one of our fiddlin' friend's favorite comment that the band he co-founded 40+ years ago always sounded better at parties and concerts than it did in rehearsals and in studios. “It helps that everybody’s a ham,” Joe would say with a smile. Well, that and the kazoos...

2017: The Next Big Thing for The Flood came in 2017 when we became the house band for a new monthly music variety show called Route 60 Saturday Night.

Note: Over the years, a number of guests -- visitors and returning Flood alumni -- sit in with us at rehearsals, jam sessions and performances. See our Guest Registry page for details.